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Ochoa leads Park after second round 67 at Ginn Tribute

AP , MOUNT PLEASANT, SOUTH CAROLINA

World No. 1 Lorena Ochoa shot a 5-under 67 to move to 9 under through two rounds, three shots ahead of Angela Park and four in front of Paula Creamer at the Ginn Tribute on Friday.

Already a two-time US LPGA Tour winner this season, Ochoa took control at RiverTowne Country Club with her bogey-free round. She carded only one score higher than 4, a par on the par-5 ninth hole, and continued her stellar run with her sixth straight round under 70.

"I'm just trying to enjoy it as much as I can," Ochoa said.

The focus this week had been highly anticipated returns from injury of two of women's golf's biggest names -- former No. 1 and tournament host Annika Sorenstam and Michelle Wie.

But with Sorenstam, 1 under after a 71, not close to 100 percent and Wie's withdrawal on Thursday after going 14 over for 16 holes, the star from Mexico has so far stolen the show.

She caught tour rookie Park with a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-5 fifth hole, then took the lead for good with a 5-foot birdie putt on another par-5, the 11th.

Ochoa added two more birdies, including one after landing in a bunker near the green in two on the par-5 16th.

Ochoa has always had the shots. What's changed, she says, is her mental approach. Ochoa feels much more in control of things on the course -- and that's led her to the top during Sorenstam's nearly two-month absence.

"Nothing is very different. I'm the same," Ochoa said. "I feel good and I feel comfortable. I believe in myself and I have faith that I can control all the things that I can control."

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